Dean, Josh & team HISKIND


We had a vi­sion to cre­ate a revo­lu­tion­ary brand that im­proved the con­ver­sa­tion be­tween gay men, the LGBT+ com­mu­nity and our al­lies. We don’t want LGBT+ con­tent to be re­fined to a spe­cific sec­tion of a mag­a­zine news­stand. We be­lieve it should be avail­able on the tubes, in your favourite cafes, bars and restau­rants and at gates and lounges of airlines, just like all other pub­li­ca­tions. De­cid­ing to do this in 2017 is no easy task but it’s one that has been made eas­ier by an ex­tra­or­di­nary team bring­ing to­gether a col­lec­tive of like-minded, pas­sion­ate game chang­ers, thought lead­ers and cre­atives around the globe.

In a world full of im­i­ta­tion and repli­ca­tion, we wanted to do some­thing dif­fer­ent. Some­thing that would stand out, be au­then­tic and some­thing we could take be­yond the pages of a print mag­a­zine. HISKIND cel­e­brates the good in the LGBT+ com­mu­nity whilst ac­knowl­edg­ing strug­gles those in our com­mu­nity still face ev­ery day across the globe.

It’s been one year since the Pulse night­club shoot­ing, where 49 LGBT+ in­no­cents were mur­dered and, af­ter a rough few months for the UK, we’re call­ing for you to stay de­fi­ant, re­sist and call out ha­tred when you see it. Sol­i­dar­ity is more im­por­tant than ever, be that sol­i­dar­ity with your fel­low queer com­mu­nity, with trans women and men, with gay Chechens, with mus­lims and peo­ple of colour across the globe. Em­brace com­mu­nity, show love, stop hate.

To any­one who has been fol­low­ing our jour­ney from day one, you’ll have wit­nessed our evo­lu­tion and watched us grow. We want you to be apart of our jour­ney so we ask you to give us your feed­back, tell your friends, join the con­ver­sa­tion, con­trib­ute, sub­mit and let’s con­tinue to build a voice that re­flects a com­mu­nity.

Thanks for your sup­port and thanks for read­ing, we hope you en­joy the is­sue.

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